Philadelphia 76ers Will Need to Lock Down Two Former Players to Win Tonight

By Zach Slotter
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The Philadelphia 76ers continue their west coast road trip tonight when they head to LA to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sixers are playing a back to back after losing last night to the Phoenix Suns but the good news is they should have Evan Turner back tonight after he missed last night’s game with a sore knee.

That will help the Sixers out on offense but when it comes to the defensive end and getting stops the Sixers are going to have to hone in on some very interesting players. This isn’t the usual Lakers that you plan for; with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake all out. Because of that the two leading scorers that are going to play tonight are both former Sixers and both will probably be playing with a chip on their shoulder.

Nick Young leads the Lakers in scoring. Yes, that’s right, Swaggy P is putting down 15.9 points per game. He spent one year in Philadelphia and struggled to get off of Doug Collins‘ bench for a lot of the season. He averaged only 10.6 points per game for the Sixers but can be a streaky hot scorer so the Sixers need to try and key in on that.

The second leading scorer of the Lakers playing tonight is none other than Jodie Meeks. Meeks is averaging a career-high 12.9 points per game and shooting a career high 45 percent from the field and is hitting 41 percent from three. Labeled as a sharpshooter he never eclipsed 40 percent from three while in a Sixers uniform and somehow started over Turner for almost two years. Meeks will look to light it up from long range against his former team.

The Sixers are notorious for getting torched by their former players; just ask Nikola Vucevic who has career averages of 14 points and 16.5 rebounds against the Sixers. If the Sixers want to win tonight they have to do their best to keep two former Sixers in check.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page and add him on Google

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